Saturday, May 5, 2012

Cinco de Mayo

For most Americans May 5th is just another day in their lives - however - for those of Mexican descent this day marks a special victory for the Mexican people who commemorate the Mexican's army's 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco - Mexican War of 1861 - 1867. In Mexico this is a relatively minor holiday - but in the United States it has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Although some people view this holiday as merely a gimmick of alcohol distributors seeking just another way to sell more beer and wine - which may be partially true - it has also had the beneficial impact on the American republic of making everyone aware of many of the beautiful  customs and contributions that Mexicans and Mexican-Americans have made for the benefit of all. Today in America - all of us celebrate the beauty of life no matter what our cultural and ethnic background.
When God created the World and all that is in it - He created people - people for whom He has a special fondness. As humanity evolved and populated other areas it is only natural that due to climatic differences - differences in food supplies - differences in language development - that we as a people would end up with characteristics that set us apart from each other. In our differences - we are more alike than we realize. In spite of all these things that make us different - there is one aspect that is identical in all peoples. We are God's people - we share One spirit - we owe all that we have to One God - we are all - the children of God. As we share in the Mexican celebration of May 5th- God asks us to also celebrate in LIfe - the LIfe He has blesed us with - the good and the bad - the happy and the sad - for that is Life - and that is God - the joy and blessing of each of us.

Deacon Dale